Friday, June 28, 2013
World's Last Handwritten Newspaper
Every day in the city of Chennai, India, three calligraphers called katibs painstakingly write out the news of the day in their native language. The Musalman is a four-page evening newspaper that is written entirely by hand before being mass produced by a printing press. The newspaper contains national and local news as well as a sports section. The katibs traditionally leave a small corner of the front page blank in case there is late-breaking news that must be added at the last minute.
The Musalman is the oldest Urdu-language newspaper and is distributed to nearly 22,000 citizens each day. It is largely considered to be the world's only remaining handwritten newspaper of its kind.